Sun is coming up slowly,
I didn't read it in your star-sign or mine.
God knows we're not holy,
in decisions we make,
and how we spend our time.

But I got faster and faster,
and you got harder to please,
and you got harder to find.
And our prayers were answered,
when we wrote these songs,
and we lost our minds.
And all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves.

And we're scared about the world,
the atmosphere, our bodies, and our health.

So just dance with me
move your body round this time machine
start it again.
I want you to celebrate,
the fact our bodies can recreate
new versions of ourselves.
We won't need help.

Something's making me nervous,
running through my body,
can't remember why.
We thought we had all the answers,
we got the stomach to learn,
but haven't got the time.

Your body looks good tonight
I wonder if you'd care,
if I was still in your shirt.
The way we were when we first met,
before your mind filled with air and mine with dirt.
And all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves.


And we're scared about the world,
the atmosphere, our bodies, and our health.

So just dance with me
move your body round this time machine
start it again.
I want you to celebrate,
the fact our bodies can recreate
new versions of ourselves.
We won't need help.

Hey hey, look at him go
Hey hey, look at him go

Hey hey, look at him go
Hey hey, look at him go!

You know that it's gonna take time don't you?
you know that you never were right.
But the fact is you're good,
yeah, we know that you're nice.
But we don't get a world and we don't get a life,
where all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves.

And we're scared about the world,
the atmosphere, our bodies, and our health.

So just dance with me
move your body round this time machine
start it again.
I want you to celebrate,
the fact our bodies can recreate
new versions of ourselves.
We won't need help.

Hey hey, look at him go
Hey hey, look at him go

Hey hey, look at him go
Hey hey, look at him go!


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  • +2
    My Interpretationpart two of the lyrics:

    If dreams come true
    Then you and I would make a two
    And if I had one more
    I'd dream that I stayed on your floor
    And while my parents were alive
    They'd say "Rebecca, now's the time
    To play the next card to your chest"

    You thought about me and you said go
    I thought about that and I said no
    You couldn't understand why a girl like me
    Thinks the way I do
    But I can't stand a boy
    Who thinks things through like you

    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting
    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights I've been regretting

    Now with you I always thought
    We'd live behind a front door
    Right now you don't think that
    You can live anymore
    And I'll call and call and call and call
    And call and call and call
    Anyone on the phone
    So tonight I'm not alone

    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting
    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting

    And you say baby you lied in your song
    It takes all my courage not to sing along
    And now my beating heart belongs to my drum

    I met a boy who grew up in the mountains
    He really loved God and got me thinking about things
    Like appreciating everyone that I can call a friend
    Seeing life as a group of tests to see through to the end
    But I'm a quitter, I don't think he knew
    That I'm still thinking about you
    I'm a quitter and I'm ashamed
    He said he'd come back for my brain

    And you say baby you lied in your songs
    It takes all my courage not to sing along
    And now my beating heart belongs to my drum

    I just wanted to see that new Tim Burton movie
    Or hang around with Laura, Jane, and Suzie
    And I definitely want to be a rapper
    But I'm just a northern girl from where nothing really happens
    And the bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    It's from all the crunking I've been doing
    cora_reynoldson October 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHere's my personal interpretation of the song, the way I see it:

    The first song I'm not too sure on, but on face value I think that it's about the unnecessary taboo that society places on sex and indulgence, making it something to be feared instead of enjoyed.

    The second part of this song is different entirely (lyrics posted in the comment above mine). I think it's a recount of Rebecca's history when she went back to be with someone that was no good for her or that she's not meant to be with.

    If dreams come true
    Then you and I would make a two
    And if I had one more
    I'd dream that I stayed on your floor
    And while my parents were alive
    They'd say "Rebecca, now's the time
    To play the next card to your chest"


    Here it seems like she wishes to make peace with this person who she is clearly dwelling over. She points out that the advice she often gets is to just follow her heart.

    You thought about me and you said go
    I thought about that and I said no
    You couldn't understand why a girl like me
    Thinks the way I do
    But I can't stand a boy
    Who thinks things through like you


    It's not just her who has an issue. The guy in question tends to overthink things too, and they're both confused about what action to take in their relationship (although moreso Rebecca, as she's the one that said no to him but thinks she has her reasons).

    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting
    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights I've been regretting


    This repetitive chorus indicates that she wishes she could go back to when there was no drama - possibly before she got into this relationship in the first place, or before she got back together with this guy after they broke up - I'm not sure.

    Now with you I always thought
    We'd live behind a front door
    Right now you don't think that
    You can live anymore
    And I'll call and call and call and call
    And call and call and call
    Anyone on the phone
    So tonight I'm not alone


    She thought she'd build a life with this guy. Due to his anxious nature, he's feeling empty. She is also feeling empty, and makes attempts to get over it by being social as a means of avoiding being lonesome.

    And you say baby you lied in your song
    It takes all my courage not to sing along
    And now my beating heart belongs to my drum


    I think this little bridgey-bit here just shows how she uses her songs as an outlet for this frustration. This may be inaccurate, but I think he may think she misinterpreted him when putting him into her songs as a character.

    I met a boy who grew up in the mountains
    He really loved God and got me thinking about things
    Like appreciating everyone that I can call a friend
    Seeing life as a group of tests to see through to the end
    But I'm a quitter, I don't think he knew
    That I'm still thinking about you
    I'm a quitter and I'm ashamed
    He said he'd come back for my brain


    This show how she has tried to get over this guy by meeting new people. And although others have had a positive impact on her life, they haven't fixed her problem as her ex is still on her mind. She gives up trying with new people because it isn't helping.

    I just wanted to see that new Tim Burton movie
    Or hang around with Laura, Jane, and Suzie
    And I definitely want to be a rapper
    But I'm just a northern girl from where nothing really happens
    And the bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    It's from all the crunking I've been doing


    I think this last verse solidifies the fact that she did go back to her ex (except for maybe in the chorus of 'going backto the beginning', if my analysis is correct there). She had finally made some headway into getting her lfie back by hanging out with her friends, being fine with everything. She had got her priorities in order, her aspirations were set out in front of her. As she goes back to him, she tries to justify her actions by saying that her aspirations would never get her anyway - after all, she's from a nothing little town. She eventually caves to this guy, and forces it upon the listeners by repeating 'the bones inside my shins are crumbling.'
    And as for that crunking line - I've no idea.
    SPSSSon May 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe the reason this song is broken up to two songs is because the first song takes place at night and the second song takes place in the morning. It's obviously about ex-lovers meeting up.

    I imagine the two of them at a party or pub, and one of them ask the other to dance (after both of them are pretty drunk). The dancing is conjuring up moments to their past relationship and they can't fight their feelings. There's a reason why the words time machine is being repeated in the lyrics. They're questioning why they ever broke up and the idea of hooking up is on both on their minds. The first song is very sexual, i.e.,'Your body looks good tonight//I wonder if you'd care,//if I was still in your shirt.//The way we were when we first met.' They want to go at it, but there's still some apprehension as to what will be the consequences of their actions. And that's why I believe the song is called Our Most Brilliant Friends. In questioning why they broke up, I'm sure a friend of each of them told them to move on because that said person isn't right for them. This isn't the sole reason why they broke up, but just enough to trick themselves into thinking their friends were the reasons why they broke up. So, when they say: 'And all our most brilliant friends are doubting themselves,' they really mean: 'what the fuck do they know when they can't figure out their own lives.' Quite an interesting message, because who really knows what's best when everyone has their own problems or faults. Thus, the lines: 'But the fact is you're good,//yeah, we know that you're nice.//But we don't get a world and we don't get a life,' means: 'fuck it; everybody gets hurts and life is short, so might as well have fun.' When you're drunk and you see your ex, I believe that sentiment makes sense. Before I get to the next part of the song, I think the lines: 'I want you to celebrate//the fact our bodies can recreate//new versions of ourselves,' are very powerful. Basically they are telling each other, and also fooling themselves, that they've changed for the better since they last met. It is repeated over and over again to convince both of them that what they're doing is the right thing.

    On to the next part.

    There is silence and then a low hazy sound for a minute to bridge the two songs. I think it's try to convey waking up from a hangover or from regret. There's probably some fighting or arguing going on between the two when they wake up. The boy wants to go back into the relationship, while the girl is unsure; she has a fleeting heart. There's probably more arguing and yelling. Then the girl gets to tell her side of the story, thus explaining how the relationship failed.

    I'll try to give a synopsis on each stanza.

    If dreams come true
    Then you and I would make a two
    And if I had one more
    I'd dream that I stayed on your floor
    And while my parents were alive
    They'd say "Rebecca, now's the time
    To play the next card to your chest"

    This is pretty haunting. She wants to be in the relationship. She really does, but she doesn't know if she can commit to him. The line: 'And while my parents were alive,' doesn't necessarily mean the parents are dead. I think it means they got divorce, and this why she has a hard time falling in love. She really likes the guy, and wishes she never left him, but she knows she can't go back. It wouldn't be fair to him.

    You thought about me and you said go
    I thought about that and I said no
    You couldn't understand why a girl like me
    Thinks the way I do
    But I can't stand a boy
    Who thinks things through like you

    This is more about her fleeting heart. She can't commit; even when the boy was all in on her. This also states why they broke up. He's way too practical in is his life; maybe even boring, as he was very thorough. She likes to be a bit more spontaneous and carefree. This was probably the reason that justified her fleeting heart to leave. She always had one foot out the door, but this was her justification to leave.

    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting
    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights I've been regretting

    She contradicts herself. She wants to be with him, because she misses him. He loves her, and she misses that. She questions will she ever find anyone who loves her like this.

    Now with you I always thought
    We'd live behind a front door
    Right now you don't think that
    You can live anymore
    And I'll call and call and call and call
    And call and call and call
    Anyone on the phone
    So tonight I'm not alone

    Even if she believes it or not, she thought he might of been the one to marry and grow a family with (Now with you I always thought//We'd live behind a front door). It's a bit selfish, but she is telling him how bad, and how hard it was for her to break up with him. She understands that he's depressed that it's over, but she wants him to know how distraught she was when it was over, i.e., she couldn't be alone.

    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting
    Let's go back to the beginning
    Of the nights that I've been regretting

    More contradictions!

    And you say baby you lied in your song
    It takes all my courage not to sing along
    And now my beating heart belongs to my drum

    These lines are pretty powerful. Maybe he was upset with what she was saying, so she tells him, 'you don't even know how hard it was for me. I wanted to be with you so bad, but I knew that staying out of your life was best for you.' It's kind of melodramatic, but it's a hell of a line. Maybe she did love him; and she was evoking the line, "if you love someone, let them free."

    I met a boy who grew up in the mountains
    He really loved God and got me thinking about things
    Like appreciating everyone that I can call a friend
    Seeing life as a group of tests to see through to the end
    But I'm a quitter, I don't think he knew
    That I'm still thinking about you
    I'm a quitter and I'm ashamed
    He said he'd come back for my brain

    She even tells him about a relationship she had with another guy. She even tells him that the other guy had better qualities than him, but still couldn't be in the relationship with the other guy because she was thinking of him. I can't tell if she is being sincere or not. She might believe that's the reason why she left the other guy, but it could also be she doesn't believe in love.

    And you say baby you lied in your songs
    It takes all my courage not to sing along
    And now my beating heart belongs to my drum

    Repeats how hard it was for her.

    I just wanted to see that new Tim Burton movie
    Or hang around with Laura, Jane, and Suzie
    And I definitely want to be a rapper
    But I'm just a northern girl from where nothing really happens
    And the bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    The bones inside my shins are crumbling
    It's from all the crunking I've been doing

    Most of this it is quite ambiguous. I'll try my best here. I think during her explanation about why she can't be with him, she talks about how frustrated she is about her own life. She wants the simple things in life like seeing a movie and just hanging out with her friends. She doesn't care for flashy items; she wants to live a simplistic life. The line: 'And I definitely want to be a rapper//But I'm just a northern girl from where nothing really happens,' I think means she wants to live a flashy life, but she can't because of the environment she grew up in. So, again, she contradicts herself. I don't know if it's intentional or not, but she can't decide what life she wants for herself. The bones crumbling get back to the relationship at hand. She thought she was strong enough to resist him, but she was wrong. Maybe she planned to be at that party or pub where he was at so they could intentionally meet? Who knows. The crunking part is hard to decipher. From the Lil Jon knowledge I have, I know to get crunk in this club is to get high and drunk. So, I think crunking, the verb, means she has been really depressed since the relationship ended by drinking and smoking. Hence, the reason why her bones are crumbling and she can't take it anymore. How it ends is also ambiguous. I like to think they got back together, but who knows.

    This isn't scientific. I'm just a schmuck who likes this song and is giving his OWN interpretation of it. Cheers!
    CellarDoaron October 30, 2013   Link

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